Gold Butte Backcountry Byway

Mesquite, Nevada (Clark County)

Last Updated: 10/28/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 63.89 miles
Highest Elevation: 3884 feet
Duration: About 6 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Mesquite
Nearest Town w/ Services: Mesquite
Official Road Name: Gold Butte Byway
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Southern Nevada District


Highlight: Gold Butte Backcountry Byway
The Gold Butte Backcountry Byway offers a glimpse into Southern Nevada’s most beautiful landscapes and the history of the Anasazi and Paiute Indians, as well as early American Miners. The Gold Butte Backcountry Byway is built from historic mining roads and cattle trails that wind its way through the hills and washes of the Gold Butte country. You'll enjoy some great views and plenty of opportunities to see desert wildlife, ancient petroglyphs, sinkholes and red and white sandstone formations with Lake Mead and the Muddy Mountains off to the west.


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Follow the road to the southwest.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Las Vegas

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 for about 70 miles to Exit 112 (Highway 170 to Riverside and Bunkerville). This exit is about 5 miles south of (before) Mesquite. Follow the road to just over the bridge and turn southwest onto New Gold Butte Road.



Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: why no odometer readings from waypoint to waypoint? there are hundreds of trails/roads in this area and can be very easy to make a wrong turn and get way off course.
–Curt (12/17/2018)
–Todd (12/19/2018)
Q: Do you have any information on the Devil's Cove spur? Silver State Nissans is looking at a small group run on the Byway between Christmas and New Years (weather permitting); I'm wondering if this might be a nice add-on to the main trail. Thanks!
–Sue Ward (11/26/2017)
–Todd (11/27/2017)

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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